March 20, 2012
On March 10th, 2012 I quietly celebrated one full year of accountability at A Year of Days. Every day (except for the one that I totally blew*) since March 10th, 2011 I took a photograph. I carried on an east coast/west coast image conversation with a person who warms my heart and sparks my brain into action whenever I think of her.
Over this past 365 days I’ve had a lot of lows; just plain lousy photo days. Which, oddly, is something I really appreciate about this project. There is something about facing humiliation that I can really sink my teeth into and deal with–it keeps me humble, which in turn keeps me hard-working. It is almost empowering.
There were also a handful of days that I return to with delight. The shots that most satisfy me do two things: deliver visually and capture the essence of the particular day.
There are other days in which our pairs of photos sing. That is a moment of major payoff. Regarding the relationship between us, the two friends, it is notable that we haven’t seen each other for at least a decade. Yet we have a deepening friendship; across a ton of time and thousands of miles we continue to inspire each other and get to know one another better–like multi-media penpals. This is a real and evolving connection. To my mind, this is the best thing about the internet. Connections.
Good days/embrassing days, taken as a whole, AYOD is a document that reflects my doings back to me. It says to me “it is a good life.”
*So, to my disappointment I failed, on January 12th, 2012. I was enduring a long and difficult labor and let 24 hours pass without taking a photograph. Maybe this next 365 days will redeem me with a 100%.